O.K. heres my submissions - these are from SportAvex at Tauranga (note the lovely BLUE sky SAA specailly provided...)I have posted these before, but oh well - the Thunder Mustang is worth seeing again!
A simple little powerplant...
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Post by Dave Homewood on May 3, 2006 19:13:09 GMT 12
Simon has contacted me offline with some important information regarding this competition.
First up, he wants to stress that "Professional photographers will not necessarily win. Since Glenn has added his photos all others have stopped coming in we need to encourage the non professional photographers as well."
Simon also says that the judges of this competition are two American based chaps. The first he's announced as Mr Tom Taylor.
Simon writes: "Speed racer Tom Taylor has been involved in all aspects of motor racing (with a minor in sail planes and sail boats) over the years. He is a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer where he built, instrumented and tested wind tunnel models of supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, manned and unmanned space vehicles, and missiles. He also spent many years doing testing and operations control of tracking and computing facilities for JPL's deep space missions. His favorites were the several robotic missions to Mars. Tom's recent work has been in building and racing experimental aircraft. His personal aircraft is a Glasair II-S RG which has a long list of modifications that have significantly improved performance. This airplane was the Oshkosh Kit-Built Grand Champion in 1996, and has been raced extensively in cross country races. His most significant win was the Formula RG Class 1st place in the first Kitty Hawk to Oshkosh race. Tom also was the crew chief for Blue Thunder Air Racing for several years, and was involved in the assembly of Tigers Blood in New Zealand. Throughout this experience, he used photography as a professional tool for data acquisition and documentation, as well as personal pleasure."
Simon says the second judge will be announced shortly.
I'd like to add that this competition is an incredibly generous offer made by the Thunder Mustang team. If you know of anyone who has taken photos of their aircraft, let them know so they can enter and be in with a chance of that amazing flight. Personally I just want to see more photos of that lovely aircraft.
Dave, I hope I am not the reason why people stopped uploading. There are some nice photos anyway and I am sure there is someone with that Killer shot just waiting to either find this comp or checking out the competition first ;-)
If it helps the other phototographers. Best I have ever come is second in a photo competition :-) Also, I would like to take myself out of the running for the free flight instead. I couldn't take the offer anyway being in Australia ;-)
Post by Dave Homewood on May 3, 2006 23:42:42 GMT 12
Well I'm hesitant to post this. In my spare time whilst watching television, etc, I sometimes attempt to create digital artworks purely for my own enjoyment. I find photos around the web and layer and alter them to make a fantasy picture. I was inspired by this thread's nice photos and so decided to make a Thunder Mustang artwork.
Now, as you'll see the photos of the planes I used come from this thread, and they and the various background layers are not my copyright. So if anyone objects let me know and I'll remove this immediately. This is purely a bit of fun and not meant to upset anyone, so I'm cool if you want it ripped down from the thread. I only spent just over half an hour on this so it's hardly a masterpiece. I have a larger version which makes a nice wallpaper for my PC.
Anyway, think of the sounds of ACDC and that beautiful Thunder Mustang...
Post by Dave Homewood on May 4, 2006 18:02:09 GMT 12
Thank you Chirs.
Simon has submitted details now on the second judge. His is Don Ferguson.
"Don Ferguson is a computer software engineer and flying enthusiast. Don started his computer career with IBM and retired a few years ago from Hewlett-Packard. During that time, he programmed everything from IBM mainframes to Personal Computers. Don started flying in 1975, earning his private pilot's license in 1976 and his instrument rating in 1979. Most of Don's flying time has been in single-engine Cessnas and a Piper Comanche. A long time fan of the Reno Air Races, Don became involved with the Thunder Mustang during the Reno Pylon Racing Seminar in 2002 where he assisted "Race 351" (Blue Thunder aka Blue Bijou) with ground support. He also supported Blue Thunder in the air races that year and ever since. An avid photographer, Don finds the Reno Air Races an ideal place to practice his hobby."